Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Last week we started writing to our 9th grade pen pals at Calabasas High School.  This week we received our first pen pal letter back.  In first grade we talk a lot about what makes a good friend. For me a friend is someone you can have fun with, someone who listens to you and someone who helps you.  I feel super lucky that I get to work with my good friend Mrs. McEvoy every week. 
 What do you think makes a good friend? 
What do you like to do with your friends?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Read to Self

For the past few days we have been working hard on reading to ourselves from our book boxes.  In "read to self" we have certain behaviors that allow us to become better readers and increase our stamina.  Today we made it to 6 minutes of stamina.

Below are some pictures of today's "read to self" and sentences explaining our "read to self" rules.

 "Logan is reading quietly," grinned David.

 "Matthew and Ariana are reading in their heads," noted Nolan.

"Olivia, Harper, Valeria are reading the whole time," exclaimed Ryan.

"Baxter is reading because it's fun," related Jaslene.

"We are reading to become better readers," roared Leslie.             

What were you reading during today's "read to self" time?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jumping into the new school year

On Sundays,  I swim in the ocean.  I love the swelly, blue-green salt water and the chill in the misty morning air.  It is an amazing way to start the day.  As much as I love it, I am always a little bit nervous right before I jump in. I stand at the waters edge with butterflies in my stomach.  Will the water be really cold?  Will I see any dolphin or seals?  What direction is the current traveling?    Slowly I get my toes wet, then I go in up to my knees and before I know it I am swimming through the first wave, then down the coast.

As I was swimming today I was thinking about how starting the school year is a lot like going out into the ocean.  Most of us, on the first day of school are a little nervous because we don't know what to expect.  But as the first few days pass, we meet our teacher and make new friends, we learn rules, routines and begin to work together as a class. Friday was the 8th day of school.  In class we talked about what we can do better today compared to the first day of school.  Every day is a new opportunity to learn and make better choices. We have memorized poems, played math games, we are working on our reading stamina, we started working in math on number sense and writing in our journals.  We are reading books of our choice, and as groups we made either a rural, urban or suburban community and last week. 

Our class has jumped in and we are diving through the surf :-)